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Doc Rivers says Clippers will let NBA handle punishment for Blake Griffin


during the first half at Staples Center on December 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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At some point, there will likely be a punishment handed down to Blake Griffin for a recent incident in which he punched a Clippers equipment manager. The NBA is currently conducting an investigation into the night’s events, and once he’s cleared to play (the Clippers say he’s out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand), there will probably be a suspension. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers says he’ll leave that decision up to the league office.

Via’s Kevin Arnovitz:

Rivers said the Clippers will defer to the league on any punishment meted out to Griffin.

“Both parties will get together,” Rivers said. “Usually the league leads on that stuff.”

Any punishment won’t take place until after Griffin is healed from the hand injury, so that any games he’s suspended aren’t games he would miss anyway. It probably won’t be more than one or two, but look for the league to do something, given the amount of attention the incident got and Griffin’s visibility as one of the biggest stars in the game.